from the editor
David Sharff Architect, P.C.
when a tragedy such as the earthquake in haiti
strikes, the importance of good design, quality construction, and comprehensive urban and community planning
rings clear. As John Mutter, a seismologist at Columbia
University’s Earth Institute and an authority on natural
disasters, put it in a now oft-repeated quote published
in Time magazine: “Earthquakes don’t kill people. Bad
buildings kill them.” Knowing that technology, materials,
and expertise could have prevented the human suffering
afflicting a people already struggling is all the more reason
architects and builders are aghast at the devastation.
We found two local people who, before the earthquake
hit, were on a path to improve some of Haiti’s infrastructure. Jan Wampler, an architect and faculty member at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was looking to
build a village community using sustainable design and
common sense (Giving Back, Page 112). Sarah Hackett of Gloucester, Massachusetts, took aim to
literally sew the threads of social stability in Haiti with a nonprofit artisans cooperative for women
(“By a Thread,” Page 8). Post-earthquake, Wampler and Hackett are undaunted, as, no doubt, are
many others in the design community, but such work can be slow, expensive, politically challenging, and — sadly — off the radar screen as soon as another disaster distracts the world. We still need
to get the people of Haiti the basics — food, medical care, and shelter — but smart, dedicated, compassionate people also need to work with them to build an unshakeable future.
gail ravgiala, editor
photograph by Michael J. Lee
A TRADITION OF TIMELESS DESIGN
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robert campbell is The
Boston Globe’s Pulitzer
Prize-winning architecture critic.
He teamed up with
Vanderwarker, with whom he
collaborated for many years on
the Globe’s “Cityscapes”
column, to remember the late
Boston architect Joan Goody.
joan goody, page 42
kathleen james knows
Vermont. As an award-winning
writer covering the Green
Mountain state for Design New
England and as editor of
Vermont Magazine, she
brought a wealth of local
knowledge to her story on a
100-year-old restored round
barn in Waitsfield.
full circle, page 48
joel meyerowitz returned
to Cape Cod to photograph
Anne Packard for this issue.
Meyerowitz is a two-time
Guggenheim fellow. His work is
in the collection of the
Museum of Modern Art in New
York, the Museum of Fine Art
in Boston, and many others.
queen of tides, page 54